The suicide of a Rutgers freshman is raising new questions about privacy, hate crimes, and the Web.
Tyler Clementi was eighteen years old. He closed the door to his college dorm room and had an intimate encounter. As it happens, it was with another man — and, unknown to Clementi, it was streamed over the Web by his roommate, from down the hall.
Tyler Clementi then killed himself. He jumped off one of the biggest bridges in the country.
Now, his roommate, Rutgers freshmen Dharun Ravi, and Molly Wei, Ravi’s friend, are facing invasion of privacy charges, which could result in up to five years in jail. Should they be charged with a hate crime?
Orin Kerr, law professor at George Washington University who specializes in computer crime law and criminal law.
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